Military Review

Warmer? No, it's cold!

There are more signs of a warming of relations between Russia and the West. They are everywhere: in peacemaking in the Middle East, and in resolving territorial disputes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and in other global issues. In the West, they believe that no international decision can be made and implemented without Russia.

Warmer? No, it's cold!

Recently, the global newspaper said «Handelsblatt»There were unequivocal signs of reconciliation between Moscow and the West. They are visible everywhere: in peacemaking in the Middle East, in resolving territorial disputes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, in other global issues. Western states do not see a solution to global problems if Russia is not involved in this decision.

Germany is among the EU states that are in favor of restoring relations with Russia. This is evidenced, in particular, by the fact that after the “freezing” of the dialogue between the two countries, caused by the annexation of the Crimea, the German-Russian forum “Petersburg Dialogue” will meet again (in July, 2016). This forum is one of the few sites where Russia and Germany can argue, the forum co-chairman Ronald Pofalla (a former cabinet member of Angela Merkel) said recently.

One of the topics of discussion will be the mutual rejection of the positions of the West and Russia: if Moscow believes that the West is taking it into a dense ring, then the West thinks that it should respond to Russia's military buildup.

Undoubtedly, the topic of sanctions and counter-sanctions will be discussed.

EU states have long argued about the advisability of continuing the policy of sanctions, which was first launched in March of 2014. Europe "sanctions" Russia together with the United States, the editorial staff reminds.

Pofalla in an interview with Handelsblatt said that he himself considers these sanctions "as fair": after all, they were a reaction to the behavior of Russia in Ukraine. And yet he urges the West to "use all channels of communication" and find "ways to bring positions closer together."

The article indicates that today, among the EU member states, "in opposition" to the sanctions policy are Greece, Hungary and Cyprus. Austria, France, Italy and the Czech Republic are moving closer to them lately. They advocate either complete abolition or easing of sanctions. The term of the latter expires in the summer. And so the heads of the EU countries are planning to consider, prior to the beginning of the planned June meeting, the issue of Russia's implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Paolo Gentiloni, the Italian foreign minister, notes that “if there is progress,” Germany and France should decide whether to remove part of the sanctions against Russia. According to Gentiloni, the policy of permanent sanctions cannot be an appropriate tool, since the result should be a change of the situation, not its “freezing”.

Not one Gentiloni thinks so. Recently, French politicians told Moscow about their possible concessions on the sanctions issue.

Dissatisfied with permanent sanctions in the European Parliament. The head of the European Parliament's foreign affairs committee, Elmar Brock (a member of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany), says that France and Italy, located relatively far from Ukraine, are less interested in sanctions compared to other EU states. There is another reason for the likely departure from the policy of anti-Russian sanctions: in the European Union, many doubt the success of reforms in Ukraine.

Another thing is Washington. The Americans are “unshakable” on the issue of sanctions and insist on the “full implementation” of the Minsk agreements. This was said by Anthony Gardner, the US Permanent Representative to the European Union. According to him, Moscow’s actions do not provide grounds for easing sanctions.

Russia will not try to push the West to loosen sanctions by abolishing counter sanctions, said Handelsblatt Alexei Ulyukayev, Russia's Minister of Economic Development, told Handelsblatt. The West only interprets goodwill "as a weakness." Therefore, "goodwill gestures are inappropriate."

Hardly, let us add, in the summer the sanctions will be lifted from Russia. And they will hardly be significantly weakened. There is absolutely no reason to think so. Hungarians, Cypriots and others will vote just as they had voted before. Yes, and the French do not intend to abandon the sanctions policy.

Yes, Marine Le Pen, who recently gave an interview to the Romanian newspaper Adevarul, called EU sanctions against Russia "stupidity" and stressed that the EU should take a course to improve relations with Moscow.

But who is Marine Le Pen? She does not belong to the French government.

The French Foreign Ministry believes that there are no reasons to lift the EU sanctions against Russia. Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Eyreau made it clear that Paris insists on the fulfillment by all parties of the commitments made under the Minsk agreements. France does not yet see the prerequisites for the lifting of sanctions against Russia.

"There is no reason to say that the sanctions of the European Union against Russia should be lifted," quotes Jean-Marc Eyreau TASS.

This was stated by the head of French diplomacy at the G7 summit in Hiroshima.

Eyro expressed concern over the increase in the number of armed incidents in the Donbas and explained that in Paris they insist on the fulfillment by all parties of the commitments made under the Minsk agreements.

RIA "News - Ukraine" led a statement by Danish Prime Minister Lars Rasmussen, who was on a visit to Kiev. He assured President Poroshenko that his country will stand for the preservation of EU sanctions against Russia.

“I assure you that Denmark will advocate that EU sanctions against Russia continue until the Minsk agreements are fully implemented,” Rasmussen quotes the agency.

Appeared in the press and the Latvian view of sanctions. Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevich noted that due to the non-implementation of the Minsk agreements, the EU should continue sanctions against Russia. He said this at the 9-th Security Forum in Kiev.

“We must do everything that depends on us in order to preserve, as far as possible, unity within the EU,” Rinkevich quotes. Rosbalt.

“I believe: if we see that the Minsk agreements are not being implemented, we must continue our sanctions in order not to prevent the deterioration of the situation in the region, but also to preserve our unity,” he said.

Therefore, there is no doubt: in the summer of 2016, Russia will live with sanctions just as it lives with them in spring.

Observed and commented on Oleg Chuvakin
- especially for
31 comment
Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must sign in.
    HERMES April 22 2016 06: 08
    But Russia is not very lucky with allies. "Bros" rotten steel ...
    1. 222222
      222222 April 22 2016 09: 23
      HERMES (1) RU Today, 06:08 AM
      But Russia is not very lucky with allies. "Bros are" rotten steel. "
      ... did not have them too .. pamper !!
      The Yankees won even the Bulgarians pulled into all their wars .. and they are glad to JO .. laughing
      1. garnik64
        garnik64 April 22 2016 11: 10
        Do not remember who said (in my opinion Bismarck): “Leave Russia alone, it will perish itself.” The closed states are doomed to perish. to wage hybrid wars, to assimilate peoples, otherwise you yourself can get into the assimilation line.
    2. Megatron
      Megatron April 22 2016 15: 57
      Yes .. us for these sanctions. As we lived, we will live.
  2. Teberii
    Teberii April 22 2016 06: 29
    Agree with one hand, the other vote for the list of Savchenko.
    1. sgazeev
      sgazeev April 22 2016 07: 57
      Quote: Teberii
      Agree with one hand, the other vote for the list of Savchenko.

      Who will be on the list? Police escort, virtuhai in the zone and goods that taught the flier to lesbianism. laughing
  3. parusnik
    parusnik April 22 2016 06: 46
    in the summer of 2016, Russia will live with sanctions just as it does with them in the spring...Yes and figs with them with sanctions, gay Europe ..
  4. aszzz888
    aszzz888 April 22 2016 06: 47
    This forum is one of the few venues where Russia and Germany can discuss,

    Hello Oleg.
    Forum - it is a forum. They will talk and scatter. And the Fuhrer will make the decision anyway. As long as she rules the ball, no tangible sense in these conversations. Of course, you need to talk. But something must be done!
    1. wax
      wax April 22 2016 16: 06
      Forums are about chatting, eating, sleeping (or even sleeping) at the expense of the hospitable party, and therefore all forums are visiting us.
  5. populist
    populist April 22 2016 06: 49
    Sanctions are currently useful to us.
    Who would write an article reviewing the utility of sanctions in all aspects?
    1. HERMES
      HERMES April 22 2016 07: 09
      Quote: populist
      Sanctions are currently useful to us.

      "Businessmen" and industrialists are useful this yes. Finally they will be able to push their own to the market (junk in most cases).
      1. Flinky
        Flinky April 22 2016 07: 15
        You are not a star for ordinary people here. Answer for yourself.
        1. HERMES
          HERMES April 22 2016 07: 29
          Quote: Flinky
          You are not a star for ordinary people here.

          Well, let's listen to your sound ...
        2. dauria
          dauria April 22 2016 10: 09
          You are not a star for ordinary people here.

          On this site, rejection of other people's opinions does not negate the need to contact "you" and elementary politeness. Minus is mine.
          1. HERMES
            HERMES April 23 2016 02: 14
            Quote: dauria
            You are not a star for ordinary people here.

            On this site, rejection of other people's opinions does not negate the need to contact "you" and elementary politeness. Minus is mine.

            I noticed this a long time ago ... in fact, I have been sitting on the site since 2012. I just don’t like to be hypocritical, and I say exactly what I think. Moreover, in a specific case, I may not be right about the sanctions (or maybe vice versa), but I I met a lot of comments where everything is well written and reasoned BUT, not patriotic and does not correspond to the general opinion. Such an opinion is very quickly "rejected" (in the case of this site - by minuses), and on the one who wrote a very sensible and logical thought (idea, proposal, etc. etc., etc.) begin to drive the barrel.
            And you always have to chew everything and everything. If you write briefly, they don’t understand, they’ll send it, etc.
            It seems to be a "serious" site, and the people sitting here according to the idea are not fools. True, there are few fools here ... and there are a dime a dozen stupid and unwise people here.
      2. The comment was deleted.
      3. Rico1977
        Rico1977 April 23 2016 02: 09
        Yes, there’s a lot of junk, but worthwhile things began to appear. And they even learned how to make cheese, in which they did not believe at all. And we do all household chemicals. And in general, many Westerners transfer production to us.
  6. inkass_98
    inkass_98 April 22 2016 07: 01
    Do not confuse and lump the statements of politicians and businessmen into one heap. Politicians in the EU voice the will of the "white master" (or "black ruler" laughing ), which is why they push so hard to maintain sanctions, and business really looks at things and realizes that it has lost about half a trillion eurics from the actions of its governments.
    So you will start thinking about the freedom of competition and other "charms" of capitalism, and about the difference between the local capitalism and the Soviet command-administrative system.
  7. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 April 22 2016 07: 07
    You look at the behavior of Europeans (sanctions, unjustified criticism, direct Russophobia, etc.) and it becomes humanly insulting. Who is trying to dictate to Russia how to live and what to do? Those whom Russia has repeatedly saved from the practical destruction and loss of territories. Looking at Western politicians, one wonders - how did it grow in the European expanse?
    1. Stavros
      Stavros April 22 2016 11: 18
      It will save more than once, and again there will be such an answer. It was time to sort out the economy for a long time, so that the dick would have sanctions and everything else.
  8. Flinky
    Flinky April 22 2016 07: 14
    This is great, damn it. Even Ulyukayev said the right thing about "gestures of goodwill."
    1. fif21
      fif21 April 22 2016 23: 47
      Quote: Flinky
      Even Ulyukayev said the right thing about "gestures of goodwill."
      And he ran to Meatel, probably for a report laughing Take off your pink glasses! Our rulers, partners of the USA, well, temporarily quarreled, with whom does not happen? laughing
    2. The comment was deleted.
  9. Dora2014
    Dora2014 April 22 2016 07: 24
    Sanctions are useful to us. This is an objective fact. After all, producing products is much easier than marketing. And now our markets have freed up, our own production is growing, and independence from the West is growing in providing everyone and everything. In general, the process is positive.
  10. Million
    Million April 22 2016 07: 32
    West is an ordinary prostitute. Attitude towards him should be appropriate.
    1. fif21
      fif21 April 22 2016 23: 52
      Quote: Million
      West is an ordinary prostitute.

      So Russia is not ordinary? laughing Yes, the same as everyone else! In the harem of the black master.
    2. The comment was deleted.
  11. Saffron
    Saffron April 22 2016 07: 40
    They just got used to decide everything without Russia, and here it’s up to you, we must also take into account our interests. It was news to them that if they were doing something in the sphere of our interests, then we should be interested in our opinion. And let's go back to Yugoslavia to unite, or will we send instructors and weapons to the Turkish Kurds? The screech will be to the neighboring galaxy!
  12. The Sparkle
    The Sparkle April 22 2016 08: 21
    "(p.) The West only interprets goodwill" as weakness. "Therefore," gestures of goodwill are inappropriate. " - Gold words!
    And so often happens not only in politics, but also at the household level.
    I know for myself that the kinder you are to some acquaintances - the sooner they want to get on your neck and hang your legs.
    Now my answer to such people is one: I don’t like my behavior - I do not impose my society on you, your problems are only your problems, I will solve my problems without you. And some people heard and realized these words, and the rest had to go through the forest))).
  13. Ros 56
    Ros 56 April 22 2016 08: 46
    No need to twitch, it is necessary to maintain the status quo. Let the West lose its loot and let our entrepreneurs on this wave try to develop their business in agriculture, and in construction, in manufacturing, etc. The more we succeed, the better for the country. We know now that all the howls of the West about friendship and cooperation are sheep skin on a wolf face. This is neither good nor bad, it is a given and we must live with it.
  14. Pvi1206
    Pvi1206 April 22 2016 08: 46
    The West was cold from its anti-Russian policy.
    And the cold is sobering fast.
    But Russia should not rush to once again fall into the arms of a satanic geyropa ...
    1. gladcu2
      gladcu2 April 22 2016 19: 16

      Russia with GDP is occupied exclusively by personal affairs. Just the last few years had to get carried away by external circumstances.

      But something tells me that changes in Russia will go in a good progressive direction. And it very much seems that the differences will be systemic.
  15. Evgen2x
    Evgen2x April 22 2016 08: 58
    Where is that warmed ?? except in the pants area, when the euro-crap got around.
  16. tehnokrat
    tehnokrat April 22 2016 09: 32
    Quote: populist
    Sanctions are currently useful to us.

    The sanctions, it seems, were nevertheless caused harm, especially financial ones: excommunication from the possibility of long-term foreign currency lending in combination with the refusal to purchase our government bonds (that is, they do not give loans, nor do they give loans). No matter how you say, our banking system is built on cheap Western loans. The newly created AIIB does not yet lend, and its capacity is not so great. Harm would be less if we had more powerful so-called the real sector is production, if there were more exports; then, with today's course, the competitors do not care! Then it would be possible to get credit inside the country, from export profits.
    So there is nothing else left:
    - we need to plow, replace imports (our company, by the way, is involved; it's difficult, really!);
    –– the government to find an opportunity to help production,
    –– to the prosecutor’s office - thieves to be ruthlessly planted!
  17. Flatter
    Flatter April 22 2016 09: 46
    Zhirinovsky quotes Dvorkovich (Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation) - we are obliged to maintain a stable position in the United States-relatively large investments in the local banking system. Vassals. And adds on our own, we, united with America, will rule the whole world, because, the rest no one. So flies separately, as in the Donbass, cutlets separately.
  18. kon125
    kon125 April 22 2016 10: 01
    Sanctions on agriculture are beneficial. But only they will be preserved for a long time. Active trade is taking place now, and Belarusian smuggling is very hindering beef. If it weren’t, then Russian beef could now be very stubborn. It is quality, but by two the ruble is more expensive than the shock freezing product, which is disguised as Belarusian. According to mutton, there’s a stir, buyers can’t find enough, the farms are being contracted, the money is given in advance, on favorable terms, so that the farmer grows lamb by maturity. There has been no such sales of domestic equipment for a long time. But feed, breeding material, agricultural technologies are lagging behind. It is time to pull up. The same is true in other industries. Sanctions are very necessary. But you need to clearly know that they will be for a long time, and better forever. Sanctions are beneficial to entrepreneurs who produce something. To the resellers, sanctions are not satisfactory. Sanctions force speculators to look for analogues, to replace imported goods. And they do not find them in Russia. There is a demand. This is the benefit of sanctions.
  19. runway
    runway April 22 2016 10: 43
    Why does it happen that "Moscow believes that the West is taking it into a tight ring"?
    Because, according to the LAW, NATURE DOESN'T tolerate emptiness.
    If Russia today does not have political, economic, military, opportunities to influence other countries, then others who have such opportunities will take its place.
    Therefore, there is nothing to blame for the mirror that the face is crooked, but it is necessary to raise the economic power of the country, to increase the well-being of YOUR population, and - WILL BE OUR HAPPINESS good - There will be no end to friendly countries.
  20. Nonna
    Nonna April 22 2016 10: 49
    Russian agrarians said - let them be sanctioned - which means that it will be so.
  21. troy
    troy April 22 2016 15: 45
    Enough to pay attention to these Baltic political boogers. it’s not even advisable to keep your embassies there. all the same, these slaves do not solve anything
  22. rJIiOK
    rJIiOK April 22 2016 18: 02
    It’s good that they won’t take it off. We need time.
  23. zulusuluz
    zulusuluz April 22 2016 18: 24
    “I believe: if we see that the Minsk agreements are not being implemented, we must continue our sanctions to prevent, first of all, the deterioration of the situation in the region, but also to maintain our unity” - What is the unity? Poles sucks, and the rest of the EU should suffer? Married all in the EU ...
  24. Former battalion commander
    Former battalion commander April 22 2016 18: 48
    The longer the sanctions continue, the better for Russia. Maybe even this will make the Russian thieves and goofs from the government start working for the good of the country, and not rob it and devastate it with stupid economic experiments.